Are you excited to explore Toronto's largest public park? We are talking about the popular High Park, and it's this great family destination where you can enjoy a number of features, including hiking trails, beautiful landscapes, a stunning lakefront, a dog park, and even a zoo!
High Park also features playgrounds for kids where they can play until their heart's content, as well as picnic areas to enjoy that homemade lunch, and plenty of fun wildlife to spot! (Keep an eye out for those squirrels!)
High Park is 399 acres in the heart of Toronto is an excellent way to spend the day with family, no matter what the age! Along with all the features we mentioned above, High Park also of course has plenty of greenspace that you can enjoy too.
Yes, we mentioned there is a zoo! The zoo inside High Park in Toronto is located on Deer Pen Road and is accessible via the Parkside Road entrance. It's here you can come face to face with bison, deer, llamas, peacocks, and even highland cattle!
It's here you can enjoy some history too, as High Park's zoo actually dates back to the early 1900s when deer were kept inside the park!
Then, you have what could possibly be the largest outdoor playground in the province! We're talking about Jamie Bell Adventure Park and kids, you'll be happy to know an ice cream truck is often found close by on hot days!
Don't miss exploring the wonderful landscapes at High Park too - there is nothing quite like spending the day in nature! You'll find Grenadier Pond on the west, and on the north side of the pond you'll find some swamp-like landscapes and here you can spot lots of frogs leaping around!
A great park day out for the family in Toronto!
Subway: Get off at High Park station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line between Keele and Runnymede stations. The park's north entrance is a two minute walk from the station.
Streetcar: Take the 508 Lakeshore streetcar and get off at the Parkside or Colborne Lodge stops or take the 506 Carlton streetcar all the way to the High Park loop by Parkside Drive.
Bus: Take the 80 Queensway bus route which runs between Keele subway station and Sherway Gardens. Get off at the Howard Park Avenue stop on Parkside Road.
Car: The park is located between Bloor Street and The Queensway and is bordered by Parkside Drive on the east. The main entrance is from Bloor Street - turn south at High Park Avenue.
The other car entrance is from Parkside Drive: turn west onto High Park Blvd. The south entrance from The Queensway doesn't get you too far into the park. You can drive up to Colborne Lodge and the children's picnic area where the road loops around and leads you back out of the park. If you want to drive deeper into the park use the Bloor St. or Parkside Dr. entrances.
There are a number of eateries within the park, including ice cream in summer!
High Park is most peaceful and relaxing early in the morning and after twilight.
The park offers plenty of picnic areas if you want to bring your own healthy lunch
Give them a call if you want to know the accessibility of any of the features within the park
Make a whole day of it! There are plenty of things to enjoy!